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Top 5 La Liga Matches and Predictions this weekend


/ by Precious Ossai
La Liga is back this weekend with a bang as all teams look to steal the spoils as we head into the sixth round of fixtures. Real Madrid currently top the table on 13 points, two more than second placed Sevilla and three more than arch rivals and third place FC Barcelona.

Valencia got their first win of the season days after sacking coach Pako Ayestaran, registering a 2-1 win over Alaves on Thursday but the win wasn't enough to drag them out of the bottom three as they lie in 18th position on two points, one behind newcomers Osasuna and Granada who are 20th and 19th respectively on two points.

Here are the La Liga Primera betting odds‎ for the top 5 matches of Round 6.‎


5. Real Betis vs Malaga - Friday - 7:45pm

Although they've met just a few times in the top flight, Real Betis-Malaga has always been a mouthwatering clash. Both teams will be looking to make the most of the game as they aim to bolster their points rank on the log. Betis controversially lost 1-0 to Sevilla in midweek while Malaga saw off Eibar 2-1, but the game between both teams will be a completely different encounter.

Their most recent encounter came last season with Malaga seeing them off 1-0 at the Villamarin, Malaga have gone on to win four of their last six meetings but I think Friday's game will be a different encounter.
Verdict: Real Betis 1-0 Malaga

4. Las Palmas vs Real Madrid - Saturday - 7:45pm

The table toppers return to action after dropping their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw against Villarreal on Wednesday. They will travel to take on Las Palmas at the Gran Canaria, a stadium where they struggled to get a 2-1 win last time out. However, it is very unlikely that will be the case this time around.

The canary islanders started very well but got drubbed 4-1 by Real Sociedad in their last game and they will be missing Kevin Prince Boateng for the game, Real Madrid will also be without Marcelo, Pepe and Casemiro but it looks like this will end up being an easy one.
Verdict: Las Palmas 1-3 Real Madrid

3. Sporting Gijon vs FC Barcelona - Saturday - 3:15pm

Lionel Messi put up a show last time out to give Barça a fine 3-1 away win over Sporting Gijon and then the second leg ended 6-0, but the Argentine talisman won't be available this time around after picking up an injury against Atletico Madrid that will rule him out for three weeks.

Despite Messi not being available, it's safe to say Barcelona will still scoop this one. However, Sporting Gijon will be looking to bounce back from their 2-1 midweek defeat against Celta Vigo when they take on the Champions, something very unlikely.
Verdict: Sporting Gijon 1-3 Barcelona

2. Atletico Madrid vs Deportivo La Coruna - Sunday - 3:15pm

Atleti put up a sound defensive performance on Wednesday to hold Barça 1-1 and will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Deportivo at the Calderon. Atleti don't always find it easy away against Deportivo winning only once in their last 5 trips, however, they have won their last ten games against Depor at home and it doesn't really look like this will be any different.
Verdict: Atletico Madrid 3-0 Deportivo

1. Athletic Bilbao vs Sevilla - Saturday - 5:30pm

Easily the game of the weekend and one to lookout for. Second on the log Sevilla will travel to Basque to take on Athletic Club at the San Mames. Sevilla have really done well so far under new coach Jorge Sampaoli and will be looking to continue their fine form against Ernesto Velverde's team.

Both teams have really good historical backgrounds and there have been a lot of memorable clashes between both teams although it always seems that the team at home will come out victorious. Last season, Bilbao won this fixture 3-1 at the San Mames but Sevilla got a 2-0 win at the Sanchez Pizjuan. It promises to be a cracking encounter.

In La Liga, Athletic Bilbao have won all of their last six home games against Sevilla but Sevilla got a 2-1 win at the San Mames in the Europa League last season. It is an unpredictable game and anything can happen but Sevilla look the stronger side at the moment despite the fact that only two points separate them on the log.
Verdict: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Sevilla
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